During the next few weeks Navy Cadets with Training Ship Albatross near Illawarra Yacht Club are celebrating its 70th anniversary. More than 50 Navy Cadets meet at TS Albatross every Saturday for training making it one of the oldest and most active Flotilla’s in Australia.
Commanding officer Karen Poultney said the anniversary is being celebrated across the month and the Unit Support Committee is holding a ball at the Novotel on October 21. TS Albatross has a proud history of youth development in Wollongong. It was once situated at Wollongong harbour but has been on the shores of Lake Illawarra for the past 18 years in a joint facility it shares with the Australian Air Force Cadets. “I have been commanding officer for a little over five years now and in that time the unit has grown from five cadets to 54”.
“We have also received Best In Flotilla for four out of the five years. I have a strong and dedicated team of seven staff at TS Albatross. Most started when their with children joined the Australian Navy Cadets.”
Navy Cadets from TS Albatross recently were involved in a rare military parade and sunset ceremony in Wollongong when HMAS visited to be granted Freedom of Entry to the city.